A sharp increase in purchases of laboratory primates for the Central Research Institute of Microbiology of Russian Defense Ministry (the 48th Central Research Institute of the Russian Ministry of Defense) – the main developer of protection means against offensive biological weapons in Russia – was among the first signs of such activity. The structure of the research institute includes a branch in Yekaterinburg and a branch on the outskirts of Sergiev Posad city (Moscow region).
Russian propaganda sets a new direction for another info attacks: accusing Ukraine of running biological and bacteriological research under the U.S. supervision. This narrative is actively circulating across Russian Telegram channels. In particular, the Readovka channel spreads allegations that a strain of bat coronavirus had been researched in such labs. Maps are being distributed "confirming" the existence of biolaboratories in every region of Ukraine, except for Kirovohrad. In some large cities, including Kyiv and Kharkov, there are several such laboratories, as per the claim.